Article Number: DRJA70190217
Vol.4 (7), pp. 161-168, July 2016
Copyright © 2016
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Original Research Article
Effects of Instant Noodles Formulated Diet on Weanling Albino Rats
Instant noodles are dried pre-cooked noodles sold with packets of seasoning powder. Noodles are used as a weaning food in high and medium income earning families in Nigeria. A twenty eight-day feeding trial was carried out to evaluate the effect of instant noodles on weanling albino rats fed at 0, 30, 50, 70 and 100% mixed with pellets. Twenty-five weanling albino rats were randomly divided into five (5) groups; the test groups consist of 5 rats each. Mean feed intake, mean body weight change, effect on organ-body weight ratio, feed conversion ratio, protein intake and protein efficiency ratio were calculated. The effects of the noodles on concentrations of triacylglycerols, high density lipoproteins, low density lipoproteins, total cholesterol, bilirubin, albumin, total protein, creatinine, urea, packed cell volume and haemoglobin were evaluated as well as the activities of alanine and aspartate transaminases and alkaline phosphatase. All figures in this study were significantly decreased (p<0.05) with increase in the percent of instant noodles in diet but there was a significant increase (p<0.05) in organ weight (kidney and liver). The results of this study have shown that instant noodles do not promote growth because it has low protein and high carbohydrate content.
Key words: Instant noodles, feeding trial, weanling albino rats, nutritional status.
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Dr. Jolyon Dodgson
Faculty of Science,Mahasarakham University
Kantarawichai District,Maha Sarakham Province,Thailand.
Prof. Adel Shatta
Food Technology Department,Faculty of Agriculture,Suez Canal University